|Source: Voices from Krypton|
Walt Disney Pictures have this week announced further production details and cast members for their upcoming science-fiction blockbuster Star Wars Episode VII. Directed by Star Trek and Super 8 helmer J.J. Abrams, the sequel to 1983's Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi will take place thirty years after the destruction of the Death Star II and the simultaneous fall of the Galactic Empire, yet beyond that, specific plot details are wisely being kept tightly under wraps by Abrams and company.
If it's the prospect of new information on Episode VII's central narrative that has brought you to this page, then suffice to say that this may not be the article you're looking for. However, we can confirm that up-and-coming actors Crystal Clarke and Pip Anderson have been cast in still-to-be-announced roles this week, bringing Abrams' prolonged search (via open auditions across the world and subsequent call-backs) for a pair of young thespians to a satisfying conclusion. An American actress who's set to star in The Moon and the Sun next year, Clarke currently studies here in the UK (in Glasgow, to be specific), whereas Brit performer Anderson is perhaps best known by many for his work on a promotional advertisement for Sony Pictures' The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We wish both of these lucky young adult actors the best of luck in the weeks ahead as they prepare to commence shooting on the much-anticipated franchise revival.
Better yet, it appears that Harrison Ford's recent inconvenient on-set accident won't delay production by six months as some sources had previously speculated. The official Star Wars website has revealed that the production team "will take a brief two-week hiatus while adjustments to the current production schedule are made as actor Harrison Ford recovers from a leg injury", and thankfully, they're adamant that "shooting remains on track to wrap in the fall", virtually guaranteeing that Episode VII will still meet its original targeted release date. As ever, keep it On-Screen in the days ahead to discover all of the latest news on Episode VII's production, central cast members and (if we're lucky) its overarching storyline(s).
Star Wars Episode VII ignites its lightsaber in cinemas worldwide on December 18th, 2015.